I’m Gidraph Mwangi, 24, built-in business acumen, entrepreneur, and founder of Havilah Dairy Farms. I am a Bachelor of Business Management graduate from Africa Nazarene University who considers himself a change-agent, seeking to empower the society through everyday actions.
DairyLink Software is a comprehensive online dairy farm management record.
The software records daily production of the cows. With three columns, the software gives farmers who milk twice or thrice daily, the opportunity to record production of each cow, in a timely and accurate manner. This is critical in that the farmer will know the amount in litres he gets, then he can budget for his income. Also, this will help prospective buyers who will know the cow’s potential before purchase.
The software has growth charts to guide dairy farmers on the progress of his/her livestock as he can record weight against the age of the cow. This will be important, as the farmer will be able to know milestones of the animal, such as when it attains weight for insemination. In addition, the software will provide mineral and nutritional requirements at every stage, from birth to maturity.
DairyLink Software provides a bulk messaging system, which will be linked to all farmers subscribed to the SMS system, for live updates and reminders on various aspects of their farms. This will include extension officers visiting their areas and dairy training.
Through linking with mobile money service providers, the farmers will get payments directly into their phone accounts for accountability. This will be linked with the suppliers such that milk delivered is recorded in the system and paid on time directly to the farmers thus eliminating middlemen and saving farmers costs.
Additionally, the software provides monthly statements of financial performance.
DairyLink records veterinary visits as well as medications given to every cow. This will help farmers in maintaining their herd in a healthy manner such that when illnesses are treated all the medications are recorded, the veterinary who issued them, as well as batch numbers of the drugs. These records will bring an end to instances where farmers are given expired drugs.
The software maintains a database of call-away veterinarians. This helps farmers who have emergencies in their farms reach veterinarians urgently, saving the situation or life of the animal.
The software records artificial insemination and breeding records, and the dates and time of the insemination. We at Farm Link connect farmers with professional veterinary doctors who have quality semen in their database linked to the software.
Moreover, the system gives a reminder to Farmers 24 hours before an event, such as the next time a cow goes on heat in relation to past heat, so that the farmer is aware and can plan with the inseminators.
First, I’m motivated to be an agent of change in society. Fellow youngsters further motivate me and ambitious farmers who want to set the record straight.
I’m also motivated by my past mistakes. Mistakes of buying dairy cows without records. Mistakes which I will forever cherish for having brought me to this idea that will help fellow young farmers get value for what they buy as well as take care of what we’ve bought.
Many young farmers are investing their hard-earned money buying dairy cattle without health records, production records, and even breeding records at astronomical prices.
Records will help farmers make the right decisions before purchasing a cow. The same records will help farmers manage their herds in a healthy and profitable manner.
I have teamed up with an IT expert and together we will develop the software. With the help of an experienced veterinarian, we have been able to put down on paper all the different records necessary to a dairy farm.
So far, the system exists on paper as we make an interface of the whole system to run on phones and desktops.
Success indicators for this project are:
- Number of dairy farmers who purchase and use the software.
- Number of reviews from users. The higher the reviews the greater the impact we know we have and improvements we have to make.
USD 2,000 will be used to develop the software to completion. A world-class software that will supersede local and regional boundaries.
USD 500 will be allocated to test, make improvements and work on reviews from our customers.
USD 1,000 will be used to brand and market the software to farmers.
USD 1,000 will go to launching the software and making it accessible to all farmers. Training and after-sale services.
USD 500 will go to unforeseeable eventualities as well as an emergency account to cater for miscellaneous expenses.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Gidraph Mwangi (Kenya): mailto:smgidraph[at]gmail.com
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